2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep Compass Exterior
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Jeep gives the Compass a new direction

The Compass has long been Jeep’s leader in the compact crossover segment, slotted between the Patriot and Cherokee in terms of pricing and functionality. Now, 10 years after its initial introduction, Jeep is releasing the second-generation Compass for the 2017 model year. The U.S.-spec Compass debuted at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show and proved the Grand Cherokee’s aesthetics work well in a smaller package.

An all-new design brings a welcomed exterior update to the crossover, along with an interior modeled after the Cherokee. A total of 17 powertrain options will be selectively available to the 100-plus global markets Jeep is selling to. Here in the U.S., however, the Compass is solely powered by a revised version of FCA’s 2.4-liter Tigershark turbo-four. Two automatics and a manual transmission are available, as is front-wheel drive and two versions of Jeep’s Active Drive 4WD system.

The Compass will come in Jeep’s wide range of trim levels, including the base Sport, the mid-grade Latitude, the luxury-minded Limited, and the off-road ready Trailhawk. This will mark the first time the Trailhawk trim will be offered on the Compass, telling of the Compass’ improved off-road prowess.

Jeep says the all-new Compass is capable of getting 30 mpg on the highway, though that’s likely with the FWD model. Production for the North American market will take place in Mexico. Sales will begin sometime in early 2017, though Jeep gave no official date during the L.A. Auto Show.

Jeep boss Mike Manley says, “Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4x4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design.”

With that, let’s dive into the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.

Update 02/24/2017: Jeep has announced official pricing for the 2017 Compass. Prices start at $22,090 and range to slightly more than $30,000. Read below for the full pricing breakdown.

Continue reading for the full review.

 

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